Planned Parenthood is committed to providing high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for New Jersey. State budget cuts to Planned Parenthood and family planning providers jeopardize the health of thousands of hard-working women and men, many who might otherwise lack access to traditional preventive health care.
Last year, the Governor completely eliminated a state budget line for women's health and family planning. Now our elected officials are at it again. Planned Parenthood is under attack, and your health (and that of thousands of other New Jersey residents) could be on the chopping block.
This year, a number of Assembly Republicans are planning to introduce a budget resolution to allocate $6.2 million to Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and $1.3 million for New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED). They are clear that no funding will go to Planned Parenthood and they have even changed the name of the budget line from “family planning” to “family health”.
Don’t be fooled by this bait and switch! Diverting funds from Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers will reduce access to services for low-income women, while increasing the burden and wait times at existing health centers. While FQHCs and NJCEED programs provide many valuable services, some do not provide the level of routine gynecological care, STI testing, counseling and education that Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers provide. Additionally, this funding reallocation could in fact result in a reduction in NJCEED referrals – as many arise from initial screening during a family planning center visit.
This proposal is not about money. It is a politically-motivated attack that hurts the women (and men) who rely on Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers for basic reproductive health care.
Please sign our petition urging your legislators to stop the ideological attacks and fund services at ALL women’s health providers in New Jersey.
I Stand With Planned Parenthood
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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